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4.1-magnitude earthquake shakes central Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.1-magnitude earthquake has shaken central Oklahoma, but there are no reports of damage or injuries.


Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and President of Russian Geographical Society and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu walk in a library of Moscow State University to take part at a board of trustees of Russian Geographical Society, in Moscow on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and President of Russian Geographical Society and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu walk in a library of Moscow State University to take part at a board of trustees of Russian Geographical Society, in Moscow on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Russian economy worsens even before sanctions hit

Margarita R. Zobnina, a professor of marketing here, has been watching the Russian economy’s gathering woes with mounting alarm: friends who have moved abroad with no plans to return; others who have put off business ventures because of rising uncertainty. Meanwhile, Zobnina and her husband, Alexander, also a professor, have rented a safe-deposit box to hold foreign cash as a hedge against the declining ruble.